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Drug smuggler Michaella McCollum rumoured to be in Celebrity Big Brother House

Peru Two drug smuggler Michaella McCollum has sparked speculation that she is to enter the Celebrity Big Brother House on Tuesday night.

The Northern Ireland woman was seen leaving a Belfast salon after treating herself to a pampering session.

Housemates who are entering the Big Brother House are usually confined to a hotel two days before the show airs. This may have been her final chance to glam up before her reality TV debut.

According to the The Sun, McCollum has spent the last six months trying to build up her profile and her image.

The newspaper reported that the 24-year-old was in talks to enter the reality tv show.

She hit the headlines when she, along with accomplice Melissa Reid, were caught trying to smuggle 24lb (11kg) of cocaine worth £1.5 million out of Peru in 2013.

The pair - who became known as the Peru Two - were working in Ibiza for the summer when they travelled to South America three years ago.

They were arrested as they attempted to smuggle the cocaine in their suitcases. However, they denied knowing the luggage contained drugs, claiming they had been kidnapped and forced to become drug runners.

They later came clean and were jailed for six years and eight months but were freed in 2016 after striking a deal with Peruvian authorities.

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